A HardwareZone Special: PlayTest May 2009

The Diorama and HWM

The Diorama

The centerpiece of this PlayTest, the diorama was at the heart of six photography and videography tasks that participants could complete. At three different stations located around the diorama, editorial members were present to brief participants on the activity and lesson for each station, along with the necessary gadgets, from compact digital cameras to DSLRs.

Activities revolved around getting participants to learn about some photography basics, like color and contrast, the rule of thirds, how to take action shots and more. To accompany learning these tasks, we had the following mix of cameras and video camcorders at different stations:- Nikon D90, Nikon D40x, Nikon D3x, Olympus E-30, Samsung ST50, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Canon PowerShot SX200 IS and Canon Legria FS200. From what we saw of the participants hovering near the diorama and listening to our tech writers talk about this topic, it's clear that this is a subject that many were interested to brush up their skills as well applying them across different devices.

HWM's Showcase

HWM meanwhile prepared a diverse range of gadgets that represented the breadth of consumer electronics. From the new Samsung B7000 LED TV that was displaying a live video feed from an equally new Acer Aspire Timeline notebook (via a Linksys NMH405 Media Hub) to the stereoscopic 3D Vision glasses from NVIDIA, quite a few important and current technologies were being showcased.

Add to that are various mobile devices and media players (such as Creative's media players, Kindle 2, HTC Magic and Samsung i7500 among others), the HWM booth attracted quite a bit of interest from various attendees wanting to learn about these new technologies even though there were no activities allocated at this booth. That's all fine and good by us since we wanted to wow our attendees and we certainly think they shared the same feeling when they got in touch with these various gadgets.